Despite their waxy texture, gardenias are very delicate flowers. They are unlike any other flower and are very popular for use in wedding flowers and bouquets. So many people are stuck on the idea of sending blooms such as roses and tulips that they hardly think to send flowers like gardenias. Such pure beauty would be appreciated by any lucky recipient so, the next time you visit your florist, ask them if they have or will be getting cut gardenias in stock.
Gardenias are native to tropical areas such as certain parts of Africa, Asia and even Hawaii. For this reason, if you ever consider growing this plant in your garden, you should make sure that it will be positioned in a part of your garden that receives full sunlight. It also enjoys a more acidic soil so look into this too before you go planting. Their leaves are glossy and their flowers large so, if your garden is a suitable environment, these would make a great addition. You also can’t ignore their strong, sweet smell that will make your garden stand out from the rest.
As cut flowers, gardenias don’t last very long. The best thing that you can do to make them last as long as possible is to avoid touching the petals at all costs! Many professionals recommend that you wet your hands slightly before handling these flowers as it will help prevent any damage if you do touch the petals. You will notice the flower change from its usual white or cream colour to a darker, almost yellow shade once it starts to perish.
Just like with any other cut flowers, gardenias should be kept away from any air conditioners, heaters or fire places and certainly out of any draughty areas. Also, just because the plant enjoys full sun, that does not make this true for the cut flowers too. It is best to keep the cut flowers in a cool place out of the sun if you want them to last.
If you are growing your own gardenias and you want to cut some to display in a vase in your home, make sure that you clean your shears off with some rubbing alcohol first. This will sanitise the blades and this is very important any time you cut flowers or prune various plants. Never prune one plant after the next without cleaning the blades of the shears. One of your plants may have a disease and this is exactly how it can spread through your entire garden.
Gardenias are in danger from a number of pests including oleander scales, aphids and mites. There are a number of ways in which you can solve this problem. Some prefer the natural way by planting other flowers or plants nearby that will specifically repel these pests. Others might not have the space or time for this method and they choose to use chemicals from their local nursery. One way or another, though, the problem of pests always needs to be controlled if you want a beautiful garden and healthy flowers.